Raj Thiagarajan

Director and Startup Advisor Microsoft for Startups

Raj is a startup “growth” adviser at Microsoft. He advises solution ready AI ML IoT data science startups globally on joint go-to-market strategy, to drive their revenues and valuation, by working with Microsoft field sellers and Microsoft Channel partners. Startups in his portfolio market to Financial Services, Healthcare, Retail, Manufacturing, Automotive, Media & Entertainment, and Public Sector (Fed, State and Local Government). Before taking this role, Raj was the COO of Microsoft HealthVault (a healthcare startup from Microsoft). Before joining Microsoft, Raj was a startup executive, and the startup was sold to an Enterprise competitor as part of a Digital Transformation acquisition. Raj comes from a strong global background, has worked in Asia, Europe and North America, and has proven experience in product management, launching V1 & MVP products to market, go to market, and driving revenues for early stage startup companies. Raj works with global startups, investors, channel partners, and enterprise customers from around the world. Raj is selectively open to Board membership to growth companies.


Conference Day One:Tuesday, September 1st 2020

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020


THERE is no better way to kick off the StartUp Zone than to hear from each and every participating startup about their product/service, primary differentiator, and the unique value they bring to shared services work processes. .

Each startup has three minutes to pitch onstage. Audience members will rate the pitch through SSOW’s conference APP. The top rated startups will be invited for an open-door follow-up pitch on Wednesday, and will receive feedback from the StartUp Zone Advisory Board members.

4:00 PM Panel: What Does It Take for Enterprise to Effectively Work With Startups? Unlocking the Secrets to Collaboration

Today’s business services climate demands innovation that will allow SSOs to leap-frog the status-quo and ratchet up the benefits of shared services. Fortunately, there is a parallel push from startups who bring not only the innovation, but also the risk-taking character and agile infrastructure to support exponential value creation. During this panel, attendees will learn just what it takes to effectively find and work with startups. 

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Raj.

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